Dr. Dorothy Cosby Cooke, of Gloucester, Virginia, has received the 12th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. Rappahannock Community College nominated for the award, which was presented to her during a ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
“Dr. Cooke has been committed to the success of RCC students for many decades first as the Director of Students Services and then as a tireless volunteer, who created a scholarship fund that will allow hundreds of future students to access higher education at RCC,” says Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, President of Rappahannock Community College.
“Dr. Cooke may have retired as an employee of RCC, but she has never retired from helping the College fulfill its mission. Her advocacy in the community and hard work resulted in the establishment of a perpetual scholarship endowment and an extraordinary legacy gift to that fund from her neighbor Eldridge Cook. Dr. Cooke and Mr. Eldridge Cook are role models to a younger generation of students from our rural region of the Commonwealth.”
Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the annual award event luncheon honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders, of which Dr. Cooke is a member, has contributed a combined total of more than $10 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Chancellor Glenn DuBois expressed his gratitude in his address to the crowd.
“You are difference-makers. You are opportunity-creators. We thank you, not just for the dollars donated, but for the standard of leadership you represent. Your example motivates and challenges us all to do more to ensure that opportunity is there for those who come next.”